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If This Is Malala, She's Taking a Lot of Heat for This Photo

Commenters are bashing woman resembling Pakistani activist for her Western-style clothing

(Newser) - Malala Yousafzai has fought for women's rights and children's education rights, and now she may have to speak out on her right to wear whatever she wants. The Telegraph reports that the 20-year-old Oxford University student and Nobel Prize laureate, who fell under the international limelight after she... More »

Not Everyone Wants to Feel the Bern at Women's Convention

Bernie Sanders set to speak on opening day of Detroit event; some say it should be women only

(Newser) - The first national convention by the organizers of the DC Women's March will be held in Detroit starting Oct. 27, but there's already a bit of turmoil over one of the scheduled speakers. The Washington Post reports that Bernie Sanders is set to make remarks on opening day... More »

Mark Zuckerberg Shows How Not to Promote a New Product

Facebook CEO intros Spaces app by 'teleporting' to hurricane-destroyed Puerto Rico

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg was excited to show off the new Facebook Spaces app Monday, a virtual-reality product that allows cartoon versions of yourself to wander in faraway places, so he decided to demonstrate with a "magical" tour—of hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico. "There's a lot of people who are... More »

Internet Loses It After Chris Brown Comments on Rihanna's Instagram

Most of her fans think he should stay away

(Newser) - Rihanna is in Barbados for Carnival , and on Monday she posted a photo to Instagram of herself sporting blue hair and a bejeweled bikini for the occasion. One of the people who commented on said photo? Chris Brown. The comment, posted from his official Instagram account, was simply the "... More »

Star of Snow White Parody 'Appalled' Over Promos

Chloe Grace Moretz, others say campaign body shames blatantly

(Newser) - The bad news the magic mirror gave the Evil Queen in the original Snow White pales in comparison to the body-shaming backlash over promotions for Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs, set to debut in 2018, per People . A movie poster at Cannes showed the animated parody's main character,... More »

The Aftermath of Fallon's Famous 'Trump' Tousle

Late-night host talks about famous hair mussing, the reaction, how it has affected him

(Newser) - It was the hair tousle felt 'round the world —and it may have helped dethrone Jimmy Fallon from his perch atop of that world, Dave Itzkoff notes for the New York Times . The 42-year-old Fallon, who started hosting NBC's Tonight Show in 2014, famously drew backlash in... More »

Scott Baio Explains 'Joanie' Comments After Backlash

He suggested death of former 'Happy Days' co-star was due to drugs

(Newser) - Scott Baio says he was responding to media reports when he suggested the death of his former Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi co-star Erin Moran may have been due to substance abuse problems. Authorities in Indiana said Monday that Moran likely died from cancer at her home on Saturday... More »

Outrage Over United Incident Spreads to China

Some call for United boycott over what they see as discrimination against Asians

(Newser) - A set of viral videos showing an Asian man being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight over the weekend has prompted plenty of outrage in the US, but there's been overseas reaction, too—specifically in China, CNBC reports. A passenger who took one of the videos of the... More »

Kendall Jenner's 'Tone-Deaf' Pepsi Ad Not Going Over Well

Twitter doesn't take kindly to demonstrators' issues being diffused with cans of cola

(Newser) - "Live Bolder. Live Louder. Live for Now" may be the slogan Pepsi wanted everyone to remember from its new ad starring Kendall Jenner, but the phrases actually being bandied about include "shallow," "cringeworthy," and "tone deaf." The nearly three-minute video was posted Monday... More »

Control-Freak Apple Headed for Backlash

No longer an upstart, Apple needs more openness to succeed long-term

(Newser) - Steve Jobs' Apple has gone from underdog geek favorite to the No. 2 company in the world (behind petro-behemoth Exxon Mobil), and the new big dog is facing some backlash for its control-freak ways and "highly closed" approach. Apple's stranglehold is giving app developers, publishers, and service providers fits,... More »

What Outrage? Privacy-Busting Facebook Hits 500M Users

Site welcomes 500 millionth user

(Newser) - Facebook spent the last six months pissing off users , and what do they get? More users! Though the social network sparked outrage by changing its privacy settings and appropriating user data , Zuckerberg & Co. are stronger than ever, writes Ryan Tate on Gawker , noting that yesterday the site welcomed... More »

Hey, Women: Stop Hating Tina Fey

Remember, she's a comedian—not a professional feminist

(Newser) - As the laws of gravity have taught us, the Tina Fey backlash was inevitable—Rebecca Traister actually expected it when the comedian started “appearing on every magazine cover shy of Horse & Hound”—and it’s now, quite suddenly, here in full force. But her pack of haters... More »

In Bailout Fight, Team Obama Fears Backlash

Prez could be seen as bank 'advocate,' sparking anger

(Newser) - The Obama administration is getting more and more nervous about the possibility of a populist backlash, as anger toward the institutions at the heart of the financial crisis swells, the New York Times reports. That anger may be aimed at anyone linked to Wall Street—including the government that’s... More »

Hey, Obama: Centrist Opposition Is Stirring

(Newser) - Be careful, President Obama. Your poll numbers are high, but political danger lurks, writes Fred Barnes in the Weekly Standard. The moderate candidate has shifted left as president, just as Bill Clinton did to his own detriment, and an "embryonic" centrist-right opposition is stirring. “Obama may be fostering... More »

'Magic Negro' Flap May Help GOP Pol

RNC members rally against outrage over tasteless satire

(Newser) - When a conservative politician is called racist, expect a backlash. The fracas over Chip Saltsman’s distribution of the song “Barack the Magic Negro” in his campaign to be Republican National Committee chairman has, as per usual, caused compatriots to flock to his defense, Politico reports, and may actually... More »

Family Guy Has Worn Thin

(Newser) - Family Guy is back and bigger than ever, and creator Seth Macfarlane is rolling in money, influence, and spinoffs. Sounds like just the right time for a major backlash, Natasha Vargas-Cooper writes for Radar. “Just a few years after thousands of American tastemakers demanded Family Guy be resuscitated from... More »

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